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2019-20 Swimming & Diving Athletes of the Week

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October 14th
  Wesley Slaughter, Wabash
(Chesterton, IN/Chesterton)

Wabash junior Wesley Slaughter opened the season by capturing two individual victories and participating on a winning relay at the Indiana DIII Invitational Saturday. He won the 50-yard freestyle race with a time of 21.35, the second-fastest time reported in Division III for the opening weekend of competition. Slaughter added a victory in the 100 free with a winning time of 47.23, and also swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished with a time of 3:12.53 to help Wabash finish second overall out of five teams at the meet.
  Hannah Tonsmann, Allegheny
(N/A)


Allegheny freshman Hannah Tonsmann was a triple winner at the season-opening Grove City Fall Classic. Tonsmann won the 200 free (2:00.52), 500 free (5:25.76) and the 1,650 free (18:50.75), while also claiming second in the 50 free (25.50) and fourth in the 100 free (56.82). The Allegheny women’s swim team finished first among five teams at the invitational.

October 21st
  Richie, Kurlich, Denison
(Kent, OH/Walsh Jesuit)

Denison sophomore Richie Kurlich helped lead the Big Red to a second-place finish at the Akron Zips Classic. Kurlich won the 200 breaststroke with a ‘B’ cut time of 2:00.52, a meet record and the fastest Division III time of the season. He also finished second in the 100 breaststroke (56.69) and third in the 200 IM (1:53.75). Kurlich also swam a leg of two relays, the 200 medley relay (1:34.05) and the 400 medley relay (3:24.00).
  Emily Thompson, DePauw
(Fort Washington, PA/Germantown Academy)


DePauw freshman Emily Thompson helped lead  the Tigers to a top-five finish at the Indiana Intercollegiates hosted by Purdue. Thompson logged a fifth-place finish among 25 swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:16.02 and an 18th-place finish out of 50 swimmers in the 200 freestyle (1:59.72). Both times were the second-fastest times among NCAC swimmers this season.

October 28th
  David Fitch, Kenyon
(Conway, MA/Northampton)

Kenyon junior David Fitch produced a team-high three event wins as Kenyon defeated Xavier over the weekend in a dual meet. In the 100-yard butterfly, Fitch timed in at 50.07, a conference and NCAA Division III top mark this season. He was also part of two winning relays, the 200 medley relay (1:30.64) and the 400 free relay (3:05.89). Fitch also placed second in the 100 backstroke, timing in at 50.94, a conference-best time this season.
  Crile Hart, Kenyon
(Pepper Pike, OH/Hawken School)


Kenyon junior Crile Hart produced a team-high three victories in the Ladies dual meet victory against Xavier. Hart collected individual victories in the 100 (56.48) and 200-yard backstroke (2:02.50) events and also swam a leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:45.18). All three event wins were top marks in the NCAC and NCAA Division III this season. She also was part of a second-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:35.64).

November 4th
  David Fitch, Kenyon
(Conway, MA/Northampton)

Kenyon junior David Fitch notched four event wins Friday night and powered the Lords to a 167.5-132.5 victory over long-time rival and defending national champion Denison. Fitch began the night by leading off the winning 200-yard medley relay team that stopped the clock at 1:30.11. Three events later, Fitch won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.76. Then, late in the meet, he posted a winning time of 49.23 in the 100-yard butterfly. Both those times were top marks in NCAA Division III this season. Finally, in the last event of the evening, Fitch kicked things off for the winning 200-yard freestyle relay, which clocked in at 1:22.46.
  KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College)


Denison senior KT Kustritz posted three NCAA “B” cut times for the Big Red last week. In a 195-105 dual victory over Kenyon on Friday, Kustritz logged a winning 100-yard breastroke time of 1:03.87 (B-cut). She was also part a winning 200 medley relay team that posted a time of 1:44.99 (B-cut). Her third win against Kenyon came in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:22.85. In another dual meet win against Xavier on Saturday, the 200 medley relay team improved upon its NCAA “B” cut time with a swim of 1:44.86. She also logged a winning time of 1:04.84 in the 100 breaststroke.

 

November 11th
  Logan Indest, Allegheny
(Columbus, OH/Worthington Kilbourne)

Allegheny junior Logan Indest posted three victories at the Gator Invitational this past weekend. Indest recorded a time of 2:01.54 in the 200 butterfly, a 4:16.15 in the 400 individual medley and a 10:25.19 in the 1,000 free. 

  Chelsea Pietrzycki, Allegheny
(Parma, OH/Parma)


Allegheny junior diver Chelsea Pietrzycki won the one-meter diving event (424 points) at the Gator Invite this past weekend, while also placing second in three-meter diving (372 points). Pietrzycki’s 424 points in one-meter diving qualifies her for the NCAA diving regional and is currently the top score among all NCAA Division III divers.

 

November 18th
  Josh Gluck, Wooster
(Bay Village, OH/St. Edward)

Wooster’s Josh Gluck was a bright spot for the Fighting Scots during Saturday’s tri-meet with Mount Union and Thomas More. The junior won both the 100 (53.98) and 200 backstroke (1:58.51) events, while posting runner-up finishes in the 200 IM (2:01.42) and the 200 medley relay (1:40.59). His efforts in the 200 back, 200 IM and 200 medley relay were all season-bests.

  Maddie Hopkins, Denison
(Chico, CA/Chico)


Denison junior Maddie Hopkins posted the Big Red’s top performance with a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly at Ohio State. Hopkins’ time of 57.36 was a season-best and the top mark in the conference so far this season. The junior was also fifth in the 50 free (24.38), part of the 200 free relay (1:36.81) that logged the third-best time of the night and was a leg of the fifth-place 200 medley relay (1:46.44) squad.

November 25th
  Connor Rumpit, Kenyon
(Brookfield, WI/Brookfield Central)

Kenyon senior Connor Rumpit racked up three event wins during the three-day West Virginia University Invitational. He won the 500-yard free (4:26.11), the 1,650 free (15:33.43) and was a part of the winning 800 free relay team (6:38.19). Additionally, Rumpit scored a third-place finish in the 200 free (1:39.75). All four events were NCAA “B”-cut times, with the 500 and 1,650 free events along with the 800 free relay registering as the quickest among conference and Division III athletes this season.

  Tyler Mansfield, Ohio Wesleyan
(Columbus, OH/Bexley)


Ohio Wesleyan senior Tyler Mansfield took home three individual first-place trophies and helped the Battling Bishops to four more relay victories this weekend at the Corbiere-Merion Invitational. Manfield won the 100-yard butterly (58.90), 50 free (24.61) and 100 free (53.70) along with swimming a leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:50.35), 400 medley relay (4:05.29), 400 free relay (3:42.65) and 800 free relay (8:07.34) events.

 

 

December 9th
  Richie Kurlich, Denison
(Kent, OH/Walsh Jesuit)

Denison sophomore Richie Kurlich qualified for the United States Olympic Trials at Denson’s Long Course Meters Time Trials on Dec. 4. Kurlich qualified for the trials in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:16.47. The official qualifying time standard set by USA Swimming is 2:17.89. At the Denison Invitational, Kurlich won the 200-yard breaststroke with a pool record, NCAA “B” cut, and personal best time of 1:58.90. In the 100 breaststroke, Kurlich touched in 55.34 which was also a personal best. He rounded out his weekend with a “B” cut in the 200 IM in 1:51.29.

  KT Kustritz, Denison
(St. Paul, MN/St. Paul College)


Denison senior KT Kustritz qualified for the United States Olympic Trials at Denison’s Long Course Meters Time Trials on Dec. 4. Kustritz qualified for the trials in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.64. The official qualifying time standard set by USA Swimming is 1:10.99. At the Denison Invitational, Kustritz logged victories and NCAA “B” cut times in the 100 breast (1:01.27), 200 breast (2:16.12), 200 IM (1:59.96) and the 200 free (1:31.69), 200 medley (1:40.61), and 400 medley (3:41.13) relays. Over the course of the three-day meet, Kustritz accounted for 70 points for the Big Red.